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1742]                   To Horace Mann                     275
2.  And behold!   the   child  was   exceedingly fair   and comely to see to, and waxed tall, and in favour with -God and Man.   And he became a rhymer of rhymes in those days.    But Gibber his brother was a meek man, and skilled in all the actions as well as learning of the heathens.
3.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Pope brought the fruits of his leisure, a farce for the stage, as an offering to the Town; and lo ! it was called Three Hours after Marriage.
4.  And Gibber he also brought of the firstlings of his study, even a play for the stage; and he called it The Careless Husband; and the Town had respect unto Gibber and his play.
5.  But unto Pope and his play the Town had no respect ; and Pope was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6.  And the Town said unto Pope, Why art thou wroth ? and wherefore is thy countenance fallen ?
7.  If thou art a good publisher, shalt thou not be accepted ? but if thou publishest ill, a cheat lieth at thy door.
8.  And Pope talked with Gibber his brother; and it came to pass while they were in the field, that Pope rose up privately against Gibber, and cast stones and filth at him, and evil intreated him.
9.  And after some time, the thing displeased the Town ; and Gibber continued at home, and his friends ministered unto him and comforted him, for they saw that his affliction was great.
10.  And the Town said unto Pope, Where is Gibber thy brother? and he rent his clothes, and cursed and swore, saying, I know not; am I my brother's keeper ?
11.  And the Town said, What hast thou done ?   The voice of thy brother's wrong crieth against thee.
12.  And now art thou cursed from the Town, which has open'd her ear, to hear the wrong of Gibber thy brother.
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